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17 September 2017

In Review: Electric Fields 17

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Would you believe I had never been to a festival before and then I went to two in the space of a week. A few days after Lost Village festival, (whilst still not fully recovered) Lewis and I headed off to Electric Fields festival. Only a 60 minute drive south of Glasgow / Edinburgh and set in the beautiful grounds of Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries, Electric Fields is one of Scotlands biggest growing festivals. 

Thousands of happy Scots flocked to Dumfries for the two day festival and the craic didn’t seem to wilt all weekend. The festival started on the Friday but unfortunately we couldn’t make the first day so Lewis and I arrived on the Saturday at around 1pm. We set up camp, cracked open some dark fruits and people watched some very happy Scottish festival goers that were enjoying the (for once) great weather. Around 10 cans later we headed into the festival (a 1 minute walk from the campsite). Basked in glorious Scottish sunshine was a vintage clothes stalls, fun fair rides, food vans and plenty of stages with music to please everyone. It was so nice to see such a variety of age ranges at EF. Every age seemed to be there and everyone seemed to be absolutely loving life. The line up was jam packed with amazing artists, some home grown Scottish and some from further afield but absolutely every taste in music is covered here.  From Frightened rabbit, to Jackmaster, to Fatherson, the options were endless. The one act we had to see was Glass Animals, Lewis has been a long term fan but I barely knew their music at all. We got right to the front of the main stage for Glass Animals and they gave the most amazing performance with front man Dave Bayley jumping down to perform in the middle of the crowd. Which made even me fan girl despite not knowing of the bands existence for very long. 

After watching Glass Animals and still on a high, Lewis and I spent the rest of the day going from stage to stage and taking style spotter images of the most fashionable attendees. We finished off our day like we do most days, by eating pizza and passing out after watching Dizzee Rascal bring the festival to an amazing close. All in all I’m absolutely delighted to have had the chance to attend Electric Fields, it’s only getting bigger and bigger and it’s fan base seems to be growing even more loyal. Till next year! If you were style spotted you can find you images on my facebook page here- https://www.facebook.com/bellamaloneblog/
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13 September 2017

Student loan shoppin'











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Trousers- Topshop
Jacket- Zara
Shoes- Office 

I'm back at uni and officially a third year student, which to be honest is a terrifying thought. The workload has more than doubled but no doubt me and my girls will get through it all somehow. I went to Glasgow today with Lewis, which was surprisingly only my third time there. The shopping in Glasgow is so much better than Edinburgh and I could've spent so much money. Last year I spent so all of my student loan in such a short period of time that I couldn't afford my rent. Trying to be mature this year to avoid that from happening again!

I picked up this jacket from Zara for only £29.99 and these trousers from Topshop for £39.99.









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1 September 2017

Back to reality







Lost Village is now, sadly, a distant memory. Something about being at Lost Village makes you forget what life was like before, and what life will be like after the festival. It was like we were in our own world, a world full of amazing outfits, house music and expensive food. 

I'm back in Edinburgh, working away and preparing to start third year next week. 
THIRD YEAR.
I honestly feel like I've been in uni for two months and it's been two years. Lost Village was the best way to spend an incredible, but not long enough summer. Goals for this year are to clear my overdraft (good joke) and survive uni. My lovely mama came to visit for a few days when I got back from Lost Village but I was working so much/was so exhausted we barely got any time together.
Luckily I'm planning a massive squad trip to Belfast, bringing the scots to the homeland and letting them experience Limelight for the first time. 

Tomorrow I'll be a guest blogger at Electric Fields festival and it will be my last blow out before uni starts. If you'll be there tomorrow look out for me I'll be style spotting! 
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29 August 2017

Spotted at Lost Village









 

My tribe of absolute legends.

After easily the best weekend of my life I've come back down to Earth with a bang.
I was at Lost Village festival for four days with the best group of people imaginable and had an amazing time. Some of the style there was out of this world so I grabbed some quick snaps of fellow festival goers, enjoy!

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22 August 2017

Blonde ambition with Charlie Miller



Within two weeks, Charlie Miller have completely transformed my hair from a boring shade of brunette to a white blonde. After just two salon visits I've been transformed by the amazing Hayley at the South St Andrews Street salon and I won't be going back to brunette any time soon. Every salon visit consisted of Smart Bonding to ensure my hair stayed strong and healthy during the bleaching process. Every salon visit also consisted of a gin & tonic, a head massage and an overall luxury experience in one of Scotlands top salons. 







After first having smart bonding done to my brunette locks I went into the salon to start the blonde process with Hayley. I have very thick hair so after applying a crazy amounts of highlights we waited to see how light my hair would go. 

The colour lifted even more than she expected and I walked out of the salon with nearly white blonde hair. I went back yesterday for more smart bonding and to have some final highlights done and the final result can be seen below. I can't recommend the Charlie Miller salons enough, and of course Hayley at South St Andrews Street who having been with them for 9 years is a Charlie Miller veteran. 

With 5 beautiful salons across Edinburgh and experienced technicians you can trust I won't be going anywhere else in future. 

You can book a consultation or appointment with Charlie Miller via the website or check out their Facebook and Instagram pages. 

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18 August 2017

A weekend in Barcelona, what to do

Travel bugs with a love of art, culture and architecture will likely have Spain’s second city somewhere on their bucket list. It’s a beautiful, grand and vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage that’s host to millions of tourists every year. Cheap flights and reasonable accommodation make it a popular spot for weekend breaks for visitors from the UK and all across Europe.  


Barcelona enjoyed a certain anonymity up until the early ‘90s. After the boom of beach tourism in the 1960s, most holidaymakers were more interested in Spain’s resort towns like Ibiza, Gran Canaria and Marbella than its cosmopolitan cities. That all changed, however, when Barcelona hosted the 1992 olympics, resulting in a tidal wave of tourism that saw the whole world flock to this gorgeous and fascinating city.


If you’ll be spending a weekend in this fabulous place then it can be difficult to know which of its many activities to cram into your busy itinerary. Whatever your tastes, here are some activities that you shouldn’t even consider leaving without seeing…


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Watch the sun rise over city from Parc Guell


If you’re an early riser, (or even if you’re not), you owe it to yourself to see the sun rise over this gorgeous city from the ultimate vantage point, Parc Guell. The brainchild of the brilliant and eccentric architect Antoni Gaudi, the park sits on a breezy hillside that’s perfect for a picnic breakfast before heading into the park proper to see the sun glistening on the beautiful nearby buildings. There’s no better way to start your weekend.


Treat yourself to a slap up brunch


Catalonians like their lie ins over the weekend, meaning that brunch is usually a staple of tourists rather than natives. That said, there are some wonderful brunching spots including the Northern Italian inspired Cecconi’s where you can feast on Italian cured meats, cheeses, pasta and pizza. Trust me, you’ll get enough walking done to justify all those carbs.


Hike through Gracia


A brisk walk through this famous neighbourhood will take you past some more of Gaudi’s architectural ‘Modernista’ masterpieces including La Pedrere, a monument to early 20th century excess. Commissioned in 1905 by Pere Mila and funded exclusively with the money from his new wife Roser Guardiola (a wealthy widow), it’s recognizable by its tall, stylised chimneys that stand over the building like giant chess pieces.


Perk yourself up with a carajillo


After all that walking you’ll need a pick-me-up. How about a carajillo (a shot of alcohol-infused espresso)? These can be found in most of the city’s proliferate coffee shops but the best are found at Bar Quillo in the Born district.


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And of course… La Sagrada Familia


While Barcelona has some of the most diverse and fascinating architecture in Europe, Antoni Gaudi’s gothic masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia is a work of art that you really can’t leave the city without seeing. Gaudi died long before its completion (which is still estimated to be some time between 2020 and 2040) but he was obsessed with the project, regarding it as not only his life’s work but a spiritual calling. Attracting 2.8 million tourists a year, its ornate beauty has to be seen to be believed.
 

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11 August 2017

Bringing my hair back to life with Charlie Miller Hairdressing



I've had quite the hair journey. Naturally, I have thick hair, it's very curly and growing up my mum would comb it everyday before school and it would hurt so much my eyes would water. By the age of 11 I my hair was very long, and looking back probably the best it ever looked. Then came a disastrous turn of events when my mum suggested I get a bob. I was 11 at the time and for some reason I went along with her idea that it would be "a change" and "something fun". I'll admit, when I left the hairdressers that day I felt fab with my new bob, but good things don't last forever, or in my case, not even a few days.
Shortly after my hair transformation I go swimming with my school (I'm still 11 here remember).  This was when I realised what a massive mistake we had made. 

Short curly hair + chlorine = not cute.

My hair got even shorter when the water hit it and seeing as I didn't have a live in hair stylist or even a pair of straighteners at the time I was stuck with very short and very curly hair. I'd post a picture but I've burned them all. 
Fast forward 5 years and I'm 16, my hair is finally long and is pretty healthy. Of course I decided to change all of that by going peroxide blonde, all in one sitting, at a not so decent hair salon. It was pretty yellow in colour and half of my hair had to be chopped off because the bleach had totally killed it. Don't get me wrong though I loved being blonde, I genuinely think I was more craic when I was blonde and I look back on that summer very fondly. I went back to brown in September under peer pressure from my family and wasn't half as fun anymore.


Fast forward 2 more years and my hair hadn't grown as much as I'd liked. It fell just past my shoulders and was my boring brown colour so I decided I wanted to try bonded extensions. I did a collaboration with Great Lengths and had them in for nearly 6 months. I absolutely loved them, they were easy to manage, never fell out and gave me some confidence back. When I had the extensions out my hair had grown quite a bit which I was delighted about and it also felt good to have my own head of hair again.


Wearing Great Lengths extensions



Present day and my hair is a decent length and I hope is in decent condition, it probably needed cut a long time ago but I will admit I've neglected it. However that is about to change! With Lost Village Festival under two weeks away I decided that I wanted a big change. The festival is full of style and character and I have been getting a bit bored of myself. So, Charlie Miller hairdressing and myself are doing a collaboration on my "Blonde Ambition". I will be going back to my fun, full of craic blonde self but it will be done properly, in a fabulous salon with stylists that know their stuff. I popped into Charlie Miller on South St Andrews Street today to start of the process and I had the L’Oréal  Smartbond process applied to my hair.

Basically what smartbond does is it targets weaker parts of the hair bond to strengthen and limit stress to keep the bond in tact. It improves the overall finish of your hair colour as this will take more evenly and it also reconstructs the weak ion bonds to reverse the feel of damaged hair. It won't affect the colour I will have put on as it adapts to it without affecting the lift or tone at all. 
Smartbond is added to your colour when mixed and applied as normal. This colour is processed for the usual time. When the colour is ready to come off the hair is rinsed without shampoo and towel dried. Smartbond is applied as a pre-shampoo all over and left on for 10 minutes. This is then rinsed and shampoo and conditioner is applied as normal.
After my smartbond application I had a blowdry ( and a gin and tonic ) with the very lovely Hayley at South St Andrews street and left the salon feeling very chilled and alot more glam. 
I'll be back at the salon on Wednesday to start the lightening process and I can't wait!

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8 August 2017

Uh Huh Honey




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I'm finally back in Edinburgh and at home in Casa Billz.
I'll be back to work this evening after spending today having lunch in the flat and catching up with the girls. It feels like first year was a few weeks ago but I'm now nearly in third year and I don't know where the time is going. I've had an amazing summer, and I still have Lost Village festival to go to but It's hard to not feel like summer is running away from me.

The fringe is well underway and Adele, Chloe and I went to our first show last night. It was called Accidents Happen to Sasha Ellen. I was the one that choose it so if it wasn't great it was down to me, luckily it was hilarious and we were in stitches the whole time. I highly recommend it.
 The fringe shows go on well into the night so I'm hoping to go to some after work to make the most of it!


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6 August 2017

Corcaigh






Bodysuit- Topshop (now on sale!)
Trousers- Topshop
Vans- Office


I've just gotten back from spending 3 nights in Yaughal, County Cork and I'm subsequently now on a detox.  My mums family are from Cork and we go visit every summer to eat, drink (too much) and sing every night.

Just before Lewis and I left I picked up some things in Topshop that I can't afford but bought anyway including these amazing platform vans and the trousers in the pictures above. No regrets I love them both. Luckily we had amazing weather in Cork and soon we will be headed back to Edinburgh and will be met with the chaos of the fringe. This will be my first ever experience of the fringe and I can't wait to make the most of it and get to as many shows as possible. Especially now that my main gal Adele is back from America and also especially because uni is going to start up again soon.

Happy Fringe!


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4 August 2017

Travel: Marbella




Marbella, a beautiful and well-known city in the south of Spain, is host to a whole array of relaxing, exciting and unforgettable experiences. A holiday here will only turn into repeat holidays, and then extended visits when you realize the wealth and breadth of what is on offer. Before you go, it’s wise to see what activities are available for you and your family. This article will give you but a taste of what you can expect and point you in the right (stylish) direction, but as with anywhere worth visiting, the adventure is yours to craft.
Luxury Yachts

The only way to fully experience the beauty of a location like this is to do it in style. Many people will spend a holiday on the beach viewing the ocean, and while that’s amazing when you’re in it, surely you’d like to explore the coast of Marbella with class? Luckily, the concierge staff at My Guide Marbella have on offer a thorough and reasonably priced luxury yacht experience.

 You’re able to take these yachts out anywhere from 4 to 8 hours (or longer,) offering boats sized 12 feet up to a massive 102ft. This final measurement allows you to take hundreds of people onto the boat with you, perfect if you’re planning a large family affair or celebration with your friends. You will be given an experienced captain who can help you navigate the luxury liner, and this takes the caring responsibility off your shoulders because operating the craft is in the hands of a professional. All you have to worry about it enjoying yourself.
Luxury Accommodation
Your accommodation matters. It gives you the anchor to your whole holiday, and if you’re unhappy with it, it cheapens the whole trip. A luxury apartment in Marbella is the natural remedy to this, and more. Not only do these beautiful apartment complex’s have tight security, but they offer all the mod cons (and more) of a top spec home. Why does taking a holiday mean you have to reduce your living standard? Surely it should be the opposite. These luxury apartments will provide you with the perfect zone to hang out in relax in a beautiful, clean, gorgeous location. Perfect to relax with your friends after a long day on the beach!

Benalmadena Marina Prison Island
Some people think that gorgeous Spanish cities are only good for great food and stunning beaches. That’s not true. If you’re feeling more adventurous, then take a trip to Prison Island, around thirty minutes from Marbella. You might have heard of the ‘escape room’ venue, which is growing in popularity thanks to the hilarious and enjoyable escapades you can get into. Prison Island is likened to the ultimate escape room, and it’s suitable for the whole family! Moving from cell to cell, your group will traverse the halls, solving puzzles to overcome the great Prison Island challenges. There are surprises in store, but in an effort to give you the full experience, we will let you find those yourself.
These tips will provide you with plenty of activities on top of your beach grazing, and should serve to help you find that beautiful accommodation you’ve dreamed of. Have a wonderful getaway!

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